Mikolas An All-Star

Signed as a free agent this past December by the St. Louis Cardinals, there was a question if Miles Mikolas would be able to translate his success in Japan back to the big leagues. Now after putting together a record of 9-3, he has been chosen to represent the National League in the 89th MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 17th in Washington, D.C.

Asked on more than one occasion over the last couple of weeks, Mikolas downplayed the notion saying only that it would be a great honor. With it now being official, he elaborated a bit more on his feelings with the media postgame in San Francisco.

“I’m pumped,” he smiled. “I’m super-excited to be a part of it. I think it’s great for me and my family. It’s going to be a dream come true to represent the Cardinals at the All-Star Game. Growing up, going and watching their games, the Spring Training games, and now to represent them at this game–it’s a dream come true.”

This is the first All-Star selection for Mikolas, who has a record of 9-3 on the season and ranks amongst the Top 10 in the National League in wins (5th), ERA (7th), innings pitched (9th), and WHIP (5th). He is also one of only five NL pitchers to throw a complete game and/or shutout this season.

As it stands, Mikolas will be the lone player representative for the Cardinals, although Matt Carpenter is one of five Final Vote candidates in the NL that will be left up to fan balloting.

Click here to vote for Matt Carpenter or others in the Final Vote. Voting is open until 3pm CT on Wednesday.

Congratulations to Pete Prinzi, the Cardinals Strength and Conditioning Coach, who was chosen to serve the same role with the NL All-Stars.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Starters
C: Willson Contreras, Cubs
1B: Freddie Freeman, Braves
2B: Javier Baez, Cubs
3B: Nolan Arenado, Rockies
SS: Brandon Crawford, Giants
OF: Nick Markakis, Braves
OF: Matt Kemp, Dodgers
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals

Reserves
C: Buster Posey, Giants ^
C: J.T. Realmuto, Marlins *
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs *
1B: Joey Votto, Reds ^
2B: Ozzie Albies, Braves ^
2B: Scooter Gennett, Reds *
3B: Eugenio Suarez, Reds ^
SS: Trevor Story, Rockies ^
OF: Charlie Blackmon, Rockies ^
OF: Lorenzo Cain, Brewers ^
OF: Christian Yelich, Brewers ^

Pitchers
LHP: Patrick Corbin, D-backs *
RHP: Jacob deGrom, Mets ^
LHP: Sean Doolittle, Nationals ^
RHP: Mike Foltynewicz, Braves ^
LHP: Josh Hader, Brewers ^
LHP: Brad Hand, Padres ^
RHP: Kenley Jansen, Dodgers *
LHP: Jon Lester, Cubs ^
RHP: Miles Mikolas, Cardinals *
RHP: Aaron Nola, Phillies ^
RHP: Max Scherzer, Nationals ^
LHP: Felipe Vazquez, Pirates *

Final Vote candidates
1B: Jesus Aguilar, Brewers
1B: Brandon Belt, Giants
INF: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
INF/OF: Max Muncy, Dodgers
SS: Trea Turner, Nationals

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Starters
C: Wilson Ramos, Rays
1B: Jose Abreu, White Sox
2B: Jose Altuve, Astros
3B: Jose Ramirez, Indians
SS: Manny Machado, Orioles
OF: Mookie Betts, Red Sox
OF: Mike Trout, Angels
OF: Aaron Judge, Yankees
DH: J.D. Martinez, Red Sox

Reserves
C: Salvador Perez, Royals ^
1B: Mitch Moreland, Red Sox ^
2B: Gleyber Torres, Yankees ^
3B: Alex Bregman, Astros ^
SS: Francisco Lindor, Indians ^
OF: Michael Brantley, Indians ^
OF: Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers ^
OF: Mitch Haniger, Mariners ^
OF: George Springer, Astros ^
OF: Nelson Cruz, Mariners ^

Pitchers
RHP: Trevor Bauer, Indians *
RHP: Jose Berrios, Twins *
LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees ^
RHP: Gerrit Cole, Astros ^
RHP: Edwin Diaz, Mariners ^
LHP: J.A. Happ, Blue Jays *
RHP: Joe Jimenez, Tigers *
RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox ^
RHP: Corey Kluber, Indians ^
LHP: Chris Sale, Red Sox ^
RHP: Luis Severino, Yankees ^
RHP: Blake Treinen, Athletics *
RHP: Justin Verlander, Astros @

Final Vote candidates
OF: Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox
OF: Eddie Rosario, Twins
SS: Jean Segura, Mariners
SS: Andrelton Simmons, Angels
OF: Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees

^ Player Ballot-elected
* Choice of MLB
@ Inactive

photo credit: Benny Sieu, Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

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